Aconitum delphiniifolium DC.
Larkspur-leaf monkshood, Larkspurleaf monkshood, Northern monkshood
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: ACDE2
The thin, straight stem of this perennial can reach 28 in. in height and is topped by a few-flowered cluster of dark blue, hooded flowers. Foliage is variable, but leaves are generally palmately cleft, shiny and few in number.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: AK & w. Canada
Native Habitat: Meadows; thickets; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Because of the tall, thin stems, these plants need tall companions to remain upright. The typical subspecies is common throughout much of Alaska. The taller ssp. chamissonianum occurs from the Aleutians to coastal B.C. while ssp. paradoxum is a reduced, arctic/montane race.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or division. Seedlings take 2-3 years to flower.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Aconitum delphiniifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aconitum delphiniifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aconitum delphiniifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff